Clothesmaking

Clothesmaking Courses in London

Our sewing and clothesmaking courses offer everything from full garment construction to soft furnishing accessories in the latest fabrics. Our focus for each class is to introduce skills and techniques in sequence to give space for learners to feel confident before moving onto the next step. We encourage learners to practice at home where possible to get the most out of class time.

Beginner workshops introduce you to the basics of sewing by hand, building up to confidently threading up before stitching on a sewing machine. Our studio is a supportive and welcoming environment with tutors on hand to provide both 1:1 and group demonstrations and support.

We teach all our classes on Bernina sewing machines, with each learner getting their own workspace and machine to practise on. We know accidents happen so don’t let the risk of broken needles put you off! Our height adjustable chairs and tables mean whether pattern cutting or seated stitching our facilities are accessible to all. Join the sewing revolution and book on a class today.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. Recycled fashion: rework and repair
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suk Han Lee
    When the world of Fashion has been moving towards a more sustainable direction, we can no longer ignore how important it is to learn how to support a more circular economy. Can one of your favourite worn garments could be refreshed and updated into a piece to treasure for many years to come! On this course, explore different ways of achieving this and start to making your wardrobe sustainable.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  2. Introduction to using the sewing machine
    Course start date:  Tue 6 Dec 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Selormey
    Ideal for beginners, you will learn how to use a sewing machine, its different components, how to troubleshoot and look after your machine. You will also learn different basic sewing techniques to start your journey into the world of sewing.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  3. Introduction to pattern cutting II
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Selormey
    Learn introductory skills and techniques of pattern cutting to understand how to draft your garment from a



    design. Expand your knowledge as you learn how drape, adapt blocks, manipulate patterns and



    understanding garment fitting and shape.







    This course is suitable for learners with a little pattern cutting knowledge or you have experience of sewing clothing.
    Full fee £369.00 Senior fee £295.00 Concession £240.00
  4. Sewing for the home I
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suk Han Lee
    This course focuses on creating soft furnishings for the home. Experiment with various sewing and textile techniques to create your own Apron for use in your home or creative studio.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  5. Clothes making I
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Silvia Sacrestano
    Learn how to make a skirt from a simple pattern. You will be guided step-by-step to produce a garment in a fabric of your choice using easy techniques and, incorporating a zip and waistband.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  6. Introduction to clothes making
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Silvia Sacrestano
    Learn how to make your own clothes. This beginner's course will teach you how to use the sewing machine, as well



    as basic sewing techniques and processes. Start by sampling, then construct a simple garment.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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  7. Clothes making II
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Silvia Sacrestano
    Practice working with a jersey / stretch fabric & sew a comfortable & wearable top from a pattern which can be adapted into a dress. Learn how to cut, sew and work neatly. Suitable for those with some sewing experience.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  8. Sewing on Sundays II
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Selormey
    This is a follow on from Sewing on Sundays I where you will use what you have learnt to cut and sew a unisex Tunic or Kaftan. This course is also suitable for people with basic sewing skills or, those who wish to refresh their skills.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  9. Loungewear: make a robe
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suk Han Lee
    Join this intermediate sewing class and make your own kimono inspired robe either as loungewear or, a statement piece.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  10. Introduction to pattern cutting III
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Selormey
    This is a chance to work on your own project of your own choice creating a pattern of a garment you have designed or, a style you have always wanted to recreate.
    Full fee £369.00 Senior fee £295.00 Concession £240.00
  11. Sewing on Sundays III
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Selormey
    Bring your own sewing project and be guided by an industry professional. Skills you can develop include, altering



    Patterns, couture sewing techniques, or guidance with completing a complicated garment from a pattern.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  12. Introduction to pattern cutting I
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Selormey
    Learn introductory skills and techniques of pattern cutting to understand how to draft your garment from a



    design.Expand your knowledge as you learn how to draft a classic dress block, manipulating patterns and



    understanding garment fitting and shape.You will then expand your knowledge as you learn how to use the block to



    create patterns and silhouettes from a design.







    This course is suitable for beginners and those who have some experience in Clothes making and would like to learn how to craft their own patterns.
    Full fee £369.00 Senior fee £295.00 Concession £240.00
  13. Sewing on Sundays I
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Selormey
    Start making clothes with a pair of elasticated trousers in a fabric of your choice. Learn how to choose the right pattern size, lay out pattern pieces, cut out and sew seams, waist facings and hems.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
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